Honorary Degree Citation
Acclaimed artist and committed activist, you occupy a well-earned place in cinema history as a director, producer, and screen star. But an equal part of your legacy is creating opportunities for others. Your Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival brought independent filmmakers and independent films out of the shadows and revealed the talent of these extraordinary artists and the enduring importance of this art form. Your courage in advocating environmental conservation is principled and resolute—courageous even in the face of physical threats. Colby College stands with you to support stewardship of our environment and free, creative expression in the arts.
By the authority of the Board of Trustees of Colby College, I confer upon you, Robert Redford, the degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. The hood with which you have been invested and this diploma are the visible symbols of your membership in this society of scholars, to all the rights and privileges of which I declare you entitled.
Conferred May 24, 2015
More about Robert Redford
An ardent conservationist and environmentalist, Robert Redford stands for social responsibility and political involvement. As an artist and businessman he is a staunch supporter of uncompromised creative expression. His passion is making films of substance and of social and cultural relevance as well as encouraging others to express themselves through the arts. Recognized worldwide for roles he has played and projects he has directed or produced, he received an Academy Award for his directorial debut, Ordinary People, in 1980, and in 2001 he received an honorary Academy Award celebrating his life’s work. He founded the Sundance Institute in 1981. He continues to star in films, most recently All Is Lost and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He recently completed production of A Walk in the Woods, with Nick Nolte, and Truth, with Cate Blanchett.